A Bold Stroke for a Wife

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A Bold Stroke for a Wife is a satire by Susanna Centlivre (c.1667 to 1670 – 1723)[1].

The original text

First developed in 1717, in support of the British Whig Party, first performed at Lincoln's Inn Fields theatre, on 3 February 1718 and published February 1718.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1823: A production by the English Theatricals was planned for September, but on 20 September a postponement "for a few weeks" was announced. The play was eventually not done in 1823.

1824: Performed in the Cape Town Theatre, Cape Town by the English Theatricals on 16 October 1824, with The Poor Soldier (O'Keeffe).




F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp.197, 199,

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